Confession: I am not very good about photo traditions. I mean, I take shots of the kids all the time—I'd do it in my sleep if I could—but I've never been very organized about capturing them in the same exact same place and time every year, as other moms do. You know—kids holding up a cute sign with the school year, standing in front of a pumpkin, whatever. The only regular thing we do is get professional pictures of them taken every fall.
This year, though, I have started a bona fide photo tradition. OK, posing the kids on our front porch or bus steps isn't very creative, but I can definitely see how much the kids have grown (and, in Dave's case, shrunk).
That outfit is just about as dressy as Sabrina gets these days; she didn't even want to wear the nice sweater she'd planned to. Sure enough by the second day of school, she was back to wearing one of Max's plain short-sleeve t-shirts and a pair of shorts. "Don't you want to wear something a little nicer?" I asked. "No," she said, firmly.
Max is far easier, because while he generally prefers purple clothes, he really doesn't care that much about what he wears. Every season, I hit Target and swoop up a whole bunch of Cherokee clothes for him (which he's wearing here). They fit well and they're durable, especially the jeans.
Want some money for back to school clothes? I have a $100 Target gift card to give away! (Dog not included.)
To enter to win it, leave a comment about your approach to photographing the kids—catch as catch can? Any annual traditions?
• Like Cherokee USA on Facebook
• Tweet about this giveaway (one a day). A tweet: Win a $100 Target gift card for @cherokee_usa clothes, via @lovethatmax. Ends 9/19, http://tinyurl.com/4x7vr5y #giveaway
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This giveaway is open until Monday, September 19 at 11:59 EST, and is for U.S. residents 18 and older. I will randomly pick the winner at random.org, alert you by email and announce it here. Note, you must leave your email below if it is not visible on your blog.
Also! Want to win $1000? Cherokee is having a First Day of School Photo contest:
To enter, like their Facebook page, click on the "First Day Of School Photo Contest" link in the left column, and upload a shot of your child on his or her first day of school. You could score $1000 in Cherokee clothing and a $300 smartphone from Cozi, a free online organizer to help you manage family life. The contest ends September 30.
UPDATE: The winner is Tabathia. Congrats!
Thanks to Cherokee and Cozi for sponsoring this giveaway.